If the 49ers do not already have their long-term quarterback situation figured out by the end of April, one option officially became available on Monday for the NFL draft.
North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky announced his plan to forego his final season of college eligibility and enter the NFL draft. The first round will be held on April 27.
“Going to the NFL has been my goal ever since I was a little boy,” Trubisky wrote on The Players Tribune. “And now that I have that chance, I’m incredibly excited.”
The 49ers own the No. 2 overall pick in the draft. Of course, the draft is seven weeks after the start of the new league year, at which point teams can sign veteran free agents and make trades.
Trubisky is one of three quarterbacks who is likely be selected in the first round, along with Clemson’s Deshaun Watson and Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer. The quarterback-needy Cleveland Browns own the top overall selection. Texas A&M pass-rusher Myles Garrett, though, is widely considered to be the top prospect in the draft.
Trubisky, who is listed as 6 foot 3, 220 pounds, started just one season at North Carolina. He completed 68 percent of his pass attempts with 30 touchdowns and six interceptions. The Tar Heels’ season concluded with a 25-23 loss to Stanford on Dec. 30.